Greater Metro

Jonesboro ‘mystery’ shooting warrants vigilance

ChavisCarter-1Did one horrid, painful moment of ultimate despair drive 21-year-old Chavis Carter to take a gun and end his own life while handcuffed in the backseat of a Jonesboro, Ark. police cruiser?

That is the painful question that has gripped the African-American community for several weeks now as the awful truth sinks in of another young African-American man's life cut short during an encounter with police.

The ultimate answer may be in the hands of the U.S. Justice Department.


Whalum files lawsuit, poses question: ‘Is Memphis better than this?’

Dr-Kenneth-T-Whalum-JrWithin 60 days, Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong is expected to issue a ruling that will reverberate throughout District 4 and quite possibly beyond.

Armstrong finds himself in that pivotal position after veteran school board member the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. filed suit Wednesday (Aug. 22) challenging the results of the Aug. 2 election. Republican Kevin Woods squeaked out a narrow victory (108 votes) over Whalum, according to results certified on Monday.


Team of feds served Memphis’ youth violence prevention strategy

Memphis' "comprehensive youth violence prevention and reduction strategy" includes a string of initiatives that has Mayor AC Wharton Jr. drawing upon fire-fighting tips this week.

"When there's a fire in the kitchen, you don't point the fire extinguisher at the flames on the ceiling or the walls," said Wharton, who highlighted the city's strategy on Wednesday during a visit to Memphis by a team of federal officials.


BRIEFS & THINGS: BRIDGES welcomes Mayor Cory Booker

BRIDGES' 90th anniversary celebration will include a visit by Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J., who will speak during a lunch event on Oct. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

As leader of New Jersey's largest city since 2006, Booker and his administration have worked to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling the city's resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment deemed nurturing and empowering for all individuals and families.


Family’s need, faith and candor yield home-makeover support

HomeMakeover-groupby Bernadette Shinault-Davis
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kenneth and Yolanda Rogers joined Believers Unite! Worldwide Church eight months ago. She had no job, he didn't make enough to support his wife and three children and the family desperately needed a place to call home.

Yolanda Rogers said she decided to face life's challenges head on and chose to share her family's story during a Sunday service.


TSD issues call for Men of Excellence

The New Tri-State Defender's fourth annual Men of Excellence Reception and Awards Celebration is set for Sept. 28, with the window for nominations, which is now open, closing on Sept. 4.


Prayer vigil Monday for teen shot while handcuffed

chavis-carter-1Memphis and Mid-South residents are invited to attend a public rally Monday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum to express support for the family of Chavis Carter. Jonesboro, Ark. police claim he committed suicide while handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser.

Carter, who was arrested July 29, used a .380-caliber Cobra semi automatic handgun to fatally shot himself, police assert, after he was apprehended on an outstanding drug charge warrant. Officers said Carter, 21, could have hidden the gun while not handcuffed and waiting to be officially charged.


In Memphis, Allison Leslie sees a place for ‘Aspire’

Allison Leslie is new to Memphis. In neighborhoods that will house schools assigned to the still evolving Achievement School District, her name tends not to register – yet.

Leslie has been tapped as the executive director of the Aspire Public Schools Memphis region. She is a 12-year veteran of Aspire Public Schools (APS), which the Achievement School District (ASD) has embraced to manage select schools in the Memphis market beginning in August 2013.


Legacy: Bertram Lenard Brunson

funeral1Pat Brunson-Ware said goodbye to her son – Bertram Lenard Brunson – last Saturday (Aug. 11), singing a song in which the words "have a good time" seemed to be amplified.

For Brunson-Ware, the years have yielded some tough times since her son was maimed and critically injured (September, 1991) while in the custody of the Shelby County Sheriff's department. Mr. Brunson was 22 when he was hog-tied and beaten, living for over 20 years in a coma. He died Aug. 2.


BRIEFS & THINGS: Empowerment for area women is a conference away

VeMaShe' Enterprises and Ordinary People Magazine will host the 2012 Women's Empowerment Conference... Empowering Lives! Empowering Dreams! Empowering Good Health!

The two-day conference is set for Aug. 24-25 at Holy Nation Church of Memphis, 3333 Old Brownsville Rd. in Bartlett. A meet-greet session will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 24, with the conference from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 25.


Best in Black Awards update

Best-In-Black-Logo-croppedWell TSD family, we are out of the gates and running with the 2012 Best in Black Awards Memphis! The entire TSD staff and I are extremely excited about the community's response to this initiative and the forthcoming awards show on Aug. 30.

I want to provide you with a quick update:


$225,000 federal grant for Binghampton and Frayser

sidewalk starThe Greater Memphis Partnership – a cross-sector partnership of local agencies – has been awarded $225,000 grant to help transform neighborhoods in Binghampton and Frayser.

The grant is through the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP), a component of the federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), a White House-led federal partnership launched by the Obama Administration in 2010 to help transform distressed neighborhoods. BNCP's intention is to create community-driven change in neighborhoods that have been facing barriers to revitalization.


Students learning to ‘take off’ via Hyde-Park based program

HydePark1Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

For some students and young adults in the Hyde Park neighborhood, the thought of one day flying an airplane or inventing a process that leads to them creating a business is a lot more real because of a program offered by Transformational Living Centers of Memphis.

Transformational Living Centers of Memphis (TLCOM) is a non-profit organization based in Hyde Park.